Some San Antonians facing life or death situations due to lack of electricity, water

Officials of the local utility companies are expected to provide an update Thursday

SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of San Antonians left out in the dark, both literally and figuratively during rotating blackouts, are demanding answers and want to know when their power will be back amid days of bitterly cold temperatures.

While power outages and low water pressure may be an uncomfortable situation for many, it’s a life or death situation for some members of our community.

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Candice Allen, a 32-year-old dialysis patient, requires treatment at least two to three times weekly, a process that typically takes about 4 hours. Allen said water is essential to her treatment. It’s a lifeline to cleanse her blood of toxins.

“We need that water. We need the electricity, but we need the water too, and there’s no way for us to dialyze,” Allen said.

The effects of the winter storm on the electrical grid this week have CPS Energy and other Texas energy providers overwhelmed.

CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams said the energy supply during the winter storm couldn’t meet the demand.

She said a third of the system would not be taking down as it’s a critical circuit. The critical circuit is supposed to keep emergency services and hospitals running.

Concerns about SAWS pumps taken off the critical circuit have dialysis patients like Allen in distress with no access to water.

“We do think that we were going to come out of this or start to come out of this by Friday. Looks to me that we will be effective through Saturday. It is dependent upon if the weather patterns change or worsen,” Gold-Williams said.

CPS Energy and SAWS are expected to provide an update on Thursday.

About the Authors:

Jonathan Cotto is a reporter for KSAT’s Good Morning San Antonio. He’s a bilingual award-winning news reporter and he joined KSAT in 2021. Before coming to San Antonio, Cotto was reporting along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas. He’s a veteran of the United States Navy.

Before starting KSAT in 2017, Lee was a photojournalist at KENS 5, where he won a Lone Star Emmy in 2014 for Best Weather Segment. In 2009 and 2010 Lee garnered first-place awards with the Texas Association of Broadcasters for Best Investigative Series in College Station, as well as winning first place for Staff Photojournalism in 2011 at KBTX.